The Wilderness Watch Program utilizes the help of volunteers from all over British Columbia to patrol rural problem areas within their region and address issues that affect the welfare of animals and wildlife.
While on patrol, Wilderness Watch volunteers visit areas used for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreational activities to look out for any infractions of environmental legislations (fishing and wildlife poaching, pollution, vandalism etc..).
The Wilderness Watch Program provides an opportunity for direct and supervised involvement by concerned individuals in the protection of BC’s fish, wildlife and habitat. Volunteers have no power to confront or apprehend violators beyond that of any citizen.
How does the program work?
This province-wide program is coordinated through the BCWF provincial office with BCWF volunteers who regularly conduct patrols of designated areas in, or in close proximity to, their community.
All motor vehicles within these areas are approached and, if a vehicle is occupied, assistance is offered and specific information is provided if requested. The purpose of the Wilderness Watch Program is explained and the occupants are encouraged to report any unusual activities to the appropriate authorities through the Toll Free Report All Poachers & Polluters hotline (RAPP Line 1-877-952-7277) or the Crimestoppers tips line.
If the vehicle is unoccupied, the Wilderness Watch volunteer leaves a contact slip on the windshield. The slip requests that the occupant of the vehicle report any unethical or unlawful act against wildlife, livestock and public or private property.
The Wilderness Watch Program...
...Provides an opportunity for direct and supervised involvement by concerned individuals in the protection of our natural environment.
...Helps to ensure continued access for the pursuit of hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities, particularly on private lands.
...Demonstrates to the community at large a personal commitment to the natural environment and the need for individual citizens to become involved in protecting our natural resources.
...Serves notice to governments that the public is prepared to take positive and direct action to protect Crown Lands from abuse and to retain them in the public domain.
"The Wilderness Watch Program works collaboratively with Conservation Officers to protect BC’s environment and natural resources and is a great example of “shared stewardship”. Members of the program provide valuable assistance to Conservation Officers by providing local knowledge to officers new to an area, and acting as additional “eyes and ears” to observe and report violations of natural resource regulations. We greatly appreciate the support provided by the members of the Wilderness Watch program."
- L.N. Sundquist, Acting Chief Conservation Officer, Conservation Officer Service
Duties of Wilderness Watch Members
- Always be observant.
- Keep a reporting pad and notebook readily available.
- Be helpful to individuals who may require information or assistance.
- Co-operate with all enforcement personnel.
- Know the rules and regulations.
- Do not put yourself in harm’s way; avoid confrontation.
- Wilderness Watch members have no power to confront or apprehend violators beyond those of any other citizen.
- Rather, they are the extra eyes and ears so desperately needed by understaffed and underfunded resource agencies.
Please return completed form to
BC Wildlife Federation
c/o Charlene Kerr, Wilderness Watch Program
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Jim Helsdon, Wilderness Watch Provincial Coordinator